Tankerfield, George an English martyr, was a native of York, and followed the occupation of a cook. Seeing the great cruelty shown by the papists under queen Mary, he began to doubt their doctrines and to abhor them. After study, reflection, and prayer, he abjured popery, whereupon he was arrested and taken to Newgate, in February, 1555. Being summoned before bishop Bonner, he declared his convictions concerning auricular confession, the mass, etc. He was sentenced to death, and was burned at the stake Aug. 26. See Milner's Fox, Hist. of Christ. Martyrdom, 2, 770.